Cenotes near Playa Del Carmen

Old Mar 27th, 2013, 04:24 PM
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Cenotes near Playa Del Carmen

Are there any nice cenotes near Playa Del Carmen accessible by Collectivo (or similar public transportation)? This June we're heading to PDC, staying in town and are looking for some excursions we could do without a tour. We've already done Tulum and Coba so looking for something different. We also may do snorkeling in Akumal.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 02:12 AM
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they also have taxis. look at dos ojos on you tube
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 06:55 AM
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Dos Ojos looks like it's geared for divers. This is for my kids and their friends (in their 20s), who are all on a budget, that's why public transportation, and minimal fees.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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I snorkeled at dos ojos. It was fun.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:53 AM
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Check out this site. It lists the cenotes in the area and provides info on them also.
http://www.playamayanews.com/area_in...iera_maya.html
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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On the website it just looked like it was for diving. Do you need a reservation or to enter to snorkel? About how much is the snorkel-only fee?
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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I have not been but every time I travel south there are a number of cenotes just south of Puerto Aventuras near the Barcelo on the west (non beach) side of Highway 307. Ask the staff at your hotel which ones are a short distance from the highway.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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go snorkel dos ojos and have a great time
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I went on a tour so I don't know how to make arrangements to snorkel there or if you need reservations. I don't think it would be expensive if you went on your own. It was an interesting experience as compared to snorkeling in the ocean.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 04:06 PM
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To answer your question there are 2 cenotes oustide of Playa del Carmen; Gran Cenote and Cenote Azul. We went to both of them using a tour with James and Anna.

http://www.playa.info/tours-anna-james-general.html

I would think you could get to both by either a taxi or Collective. Go to Google maps under directions and it will give you a good idea of how far.

I have pictures of both these cenotes on my web-site:

http://kvrlvnphotogallery.shutterfly.com/pictures/3356

The first set is Gran Cenote and the second set is Cenote Azul. Click "all" so you can just scroll down.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 12:58 AM
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there are actually dozens of cenotes outside of PDC.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 01:49 AM
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 04:24 AM
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YES...which is why I posted a link to a site listing all of them.
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I have snorkeled at Dos Ojos. You need a guide to snorkel in the larger part of the cenote that leads into the bat cave. DO NOT miss doing that part, but you must have a guide, do not attempt to do it on your own, there are narrow and low passages and you can get lost. You can either go with an outside guide, or you can hire a guide at the entrance. Cheaper to hire a guide at the entrance.

I have been to many other cenotes (Gran cenote, Car Wash, others) but nothing compares to Dos Ojos (except Hidden Worlds, but there is a hefty admission price and it takes over 30min on a bumpy rd. in an open truck bed to get to the cenote).
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Thanks!
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 06:15 AM
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If we were to consider a tour, any preference of Dos Ojos vs Gran Cenote/Cenote Azul tour suggested by KVR? Both look good.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 07:15 AM
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That tour company also offers tours of other Cenotes. Look at their Sea to Cenote tour on thier site.
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when you looked at them on youtube and gmaps which one did you like?
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Dos Ojos, hands down, no contest
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Based on this and googling around, Dos Ojos it is, and from what I gather a guide is recommended. I found a snorkel tour through Mexico Blue Dream for $70 (incl transportation, gear, guide and lunch). This seems like a pretty good price, based on the cost of doing this on our own with a private guide.
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